BELMONT — Public Works Superintendent Guy James told Allegany County Legislators Wednesday that Wiscoy Road, also called County Road 27, in the northern part of the county, has been stabilized after a dip in the pavement was discovered recently.

He said a “pocket of water” and “slimy” soil was found when the road was inspected. Crews removed 340 truck loads of saturated soil in excavations to reach shale. The area was then lined to remediate the spongy area of blue clay.

Legislator Judy Hopkins commented that when she drove over the spot, the road looked as if it is suspended. James responded the road base is solid and the pavement will be completed prior to the closure of the blacktop plant this fall.

In another Public Works Committee matter, lawmakers learned that the cost for recycling is taking a larger bite of the Allegany County Public Works Department budget. As a result, $25,000 is needed from other accounts to supplement the tire and electronics recycling costs.

Deputy Public Works Superintendent Dean Scholes told the Public Works Department Committee Wednesday that the $130 per-ton fee for tires has increased to $133 per ton. Electronics disposal is no longer free, he added.

IN OTHER MATTERS,

• the Human Services Committee voted to prepare a resolution for the legislature to accept a bid of $4.40 per home delivered and congregate meals from KVR of Belmont to serve clients of the Department of Aging in 2018. According to supporting documents, the bid cost is estimated to total $475,200, with $540,000 budgeted for this purpose in 2018.

• the Public Works Committee agreed to support a $136,854 bid for a new Kenworth T800 Tractor from Kenworth Northeast Group of Buffalo.

• 104 County residents participated in a recent Household Hazardous Waste Disposal day drop-off, which netted 96 gallons of anti-freeze, 500 gallons of pesticides, 12 pounds of mercury, 735 gallons of other substances.

• the Public Safety Committee received an update from Sheriff Rickey L. Whitney, who reported the department’s overtime exceeded the 2016 total by 256 hours.

• the Public Safety Committee also voted in support of a memorandum of understanding between Accord Corp. and the Allegany Probation Department to accept a $10,000 two-year grant from the Prevention of Domestic Violence Risk Reduction Enhanced Response Pilot Program, which will be used for pre-trial supervision and monitoring of domestic violence offenders from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2019. The county will provide $21,864 for office space during the funding period.

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